POP MUSIC was once so new and daring: it’s shocking to think that it’s over 50 years old. Some standards have been around for over half a century… What, then, were we listening to 50 years ago? It was an odd year, 1970. The influence of the older generation saw a good deal of old school easy listening in the charts – while the movements that were to develop during the 1970s were not yet established. Come with us – whether it’s down memory lane or to unknown territory – and remember or find out what it was all about.
The fourth single to take the Number 1 position in the UK pop charts was the very “easy listening” All Kinds of Everything, where it sat for two weeks. It was sung by Dana, and was Ireland’s entry in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest – and won. Things were very different then… Listen once – and move on. Dana certainly did. She has cast off the sweet and demure look and become a hard line right wing political activist.
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